New mix: God made me funky

I’ve been working on this one for a while, and today felt like the right day to finish it up. This is an indulgent (over four hours long) tour through at least four different genres, with a common thread of funk.

There’s no particular logic to the sequence except that they’re loosely grouped by genre so as to keep the groove flowing. And the first track might seem odd, but listen to Carleton Coon and Joe Sanders trading scat syllables (in a style that will seem familiar to fans of the Warner Brothers cartoon “Dough for the Do-Do”) and the connection to funk becomes clear.

  1. RoodlesThe Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (“Radio’s Aces”)
  2. Calling On My DarlingAlbert King (Chess Blues 1960-1967)
  3. Grab This Thing (Part 1)The Mar-Keys (The Stax Story)
  4. Black BoyRoebuck ‘Pops’ Staples (The Stax Story)
  5. I Have Learned to Do Without YouMavis Staples (The Stax Story)
  6. Sissy Walk (Full) (Vocal)Eddie Bo (The Hook and Sling)
  7. Tighten Up Tighter (Feat. Roosevelt Matthews)Billy Ball and the Upsetters (The Funky 16 Corners)
  8. Dap WalkErnie and The Top Notes Inc (The Funky 16 Corners)
  9. Check Your Bucket (Full)Eddie Bo (The Hook and Sling)
  10. Sock It To ‘Em Soul BrotherBill Moss (Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label)
  11. Hey Pocky A-Way (A Way)The Wild Tchoupitoulas (The Wild Tchoupitoulas)
  12. The Meters – Here Comes The Meter ManDJ Jedi (Blowout Breaks)
  13. The Headhunters – God Made Me FunkyDJ Jedi (Blowout Breaks)
  14. Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)James Brown (Messing With The Blues)
  15. Outer Spaceways IncorporatedSun Ra (Space Is The Place (Original Soundtrack))
  16. UmbrellasWeather Report (Weather Report)
  17. Red China BluesMiles Davis (Get Up With It)
  18. Harvey Mason – Hop Scotch (1975)Herbie Hancock (Herbie Hancock – Man With a Suitcase)
  19. Eddie Henderson – Ecstasy (1978)Herbie Hancock (Herbie Hancock – Man With a Suitcase)
  20. Whitey on the MoonGil Scott-Heron (Small Talk At 125th and Lennox)
  21. The Last Poets – Black Is – ChantDJ Jedi (Blowout Breaks)
  22. Ku Mi Da HankanThe Elcados (Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-rock & Fuzz Funk In 1)
  23. Everybody Likes Something GoodIfy Jerry Crusade (Nigeria 70 – Lagos Jump)
  24. Live in Another WorldItadi (Afro-Beat Airways)
  25. The Things We Do In SowetoAlmon Memela (Next Stop Soweto 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-19)
  26. Do The Afro Shuffle – Godwin Omabuwa & His Casanova DandiesGodwin Omabuwa & His Casanova Dandies (Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound In 1970&#0)
  27. Sex VeveVerckys & L’Orchestre Vévé (Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978)
  28. KenimaniaMonoMono (Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-rock & Fuzz Funk In 1)
  29. Afro-blues – Orlando Julius & His Afro-soundersOrlando Julius & His Afro-sounders (Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound In 1970&#0)
  30. Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?Marumo (Next Stop Soweto 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-19)
  31. Nuki SukiLittle Richard (King of Rock & Roll: The Complete Reprise Recordings)
  32. Home Is Where the Hatred IsGil Scott-Heron (Pieces of a Man)
  33. Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?Funkadelic (Funkadelic)
  34. Maybe Your BabyStevie Wonder (Talking Book)
  35. Funky Dollar BillFunkadelic (Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow)
  36. Ride OnParliament (Chocolate City)
  37. Everybody Loves the SunshineRoy Ayers Ubiquity (The Best of Roy Ayers (The Best of Roy Ayers: Love Fantasy))
  38. So Ruff, So TuffZapp (Historia de la Musica Rock: Locas)
  39. I’ve Got My Eyes On YouThe Girls (Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound)
  40. HigherThe Lewis Connection (Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound)
  41. Feel UpGrace Jones (Lives of the Saints 5)
  42. ContagiousRonnie Robbins (Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound)
  43. Cloreen Bacon SkinPrince (Crystal Ball)
  44. Sexy M.F.Prince (The Hits/The B-Sides)
  45. Tribe VibesJungle Brothers (Done By the Forces of Nature)
  46. Doin’ Our Own DangJungle Brothers (Done By the Forces of Nature)
  47. Can I Kick It?A Tribe Called Quest (People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition))
  48. Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)A Tribe Called Quest (People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition))
  49. The Magic NumberDe La Soul (3 Feet High And Rising)
  50. Where I’m FromDigable Planets (Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time & Space))
  51. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)Digable Planets (Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time & Space))
  52. God Lives ThroughA Tribe Called Quest (Midnight Marauders)
  53. Jettin’Digable Planets (Blowout Comb)
  54. Gold ChainsBeck (Odelay (Deluxe Edition))
  55. Manteca (The Funky Lowlives Extended Remix)Dizzy Gillespie & Funky Lowlives (Verve Remixed 2 – Exclusive EP)
  56. Show MeMint Royale (Dancehall Places)

New mix: don’t put no headstone on my grave

I struggled with this mix for quite a while, and probably have two other mixes of rejected tracks even though the final version clocks in at 2 CDs’ length. The hard bit is always mood. Summer is easy mixin’ weather; winter, especially this winter, was hard.

And a lot of this mix struggled with the challenge of a world turned upside down. So there are a few more instrumental tracks, a few more down tracks. But it starts in a place of fragile hope, with Lou Reed’s incredibly timely song of transsexual identity which is equal measures crisis and birth of the new, and ends in a place of defiance. And maybe that’s what we have left to ourselves right now.

  1. Candy Says (Closet Mix)The Velvet Underground (Peel Slowly and See)
  2. SilverEcho & The Bunnymen (Songs To Learn & Sing)
  3. Boys Keep SwingingDavid Bowie (Lodger)
  4. Damaged GoodsGang Of Four (Entertainment!)
  5. DevotionMission of Burma (Signals, Calls and Marches (Remastered))
  6. World Cup DrummingMclusky (My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours)
  7. ElectioneeringRadiohead (OK Computer)
  8. The Great Curve (live)Talking Heads (Jaap Eden Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 11, 1980)
  9. Wish FulfillmentSonic Youth (Dirty)
  10. As I Went Out One MorningBob Dylan (John Wesley Harding)
  11. Time, As a SymptomJoanna Newsom (Divers)
  12. Morning LakeWeather Report (Weather Report)
  13. Sense Of DoubtDavid Bowie (Heroes)
  14. What Will You Say (feat. Alim Qasimov)Jeff Buckley featuring Alim Qasimov (Live at L’Olympia)
  15. This RoomThe Notwist (Neon Golden)
  16. Politician ManBetty Davis (The Columbia Years 1968-1969)
  17. For What It’s WorthTalk Talk (The Very Best Of)
  18. Above ChiangmaiBrian Eno (Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror)
  19. Magpie to the MorningNeko Case (Middle Cyclone (Bonus Track Version))
  20. State TrooperBruce Springsteen (Nebraska)
  21. DaphniaYo La Tengo (I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass)
  22. The Sky Is BrokenMoby (Play)
  23. Here Come the Warm Jets (2004 – Remaster)Brian Eno (Here Come The Warm Jets)
  24. Give Me Cornbread When I’m HungryJohn Fahey (The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites)
  25. After AwhileSwan Silvertones (Love Lifted Me / My Rock)
  26. The Last Broken Heart (Prop 8)Christian Scott (Yesterday You Said Tomorrow)
  27. Mystic BrewVijay Iyer Trio (Historicity)
  28. Why Was I Born?Kenny Burrell And John Coltrane (Kenny Burrell With John Coltrane)
  29. Meeting in the AisleRadiohead (Airbag/How Am I Driving?)
  30. The Last RayThis Mortal Coil (It’ll End in Tears)
  31. Cedars of LebanonU2 (No Line On the Horizon (Deluxe Edition))
  32. We FloatPJ Harvey (Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea)
  33. No Headstone On My GraveEsther Phillips (Oxford American 2003 Southern Music CD No. 6)

New mix: i’ve come all this way to hold your hand

This has been germinating for a while, and I had to drive to North Carolina and back to finish it. This was the mix of no rules, as you can tell by the length.

  1. Baby, I’m In the Mood for YouBob Dylan (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964) A demo of Dylan’s raunchiest, most rural love song? Sure, why not.
  2. Bring it On Down to My HouseWarner Williams with Jay Summerour (Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways) A raunchy blues song? Sure, why not.
  3. Jake Leg RagNarmour & Smith (Lead Kindly Light) A fiddle tune? Sure, why not.
  4. Where Shall I Go?Sister Marie Knight (When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-51) A gospel tune that lifts off into the stratosphere? Sure, why not.
  5. Little Island Walking (Peel Session)Jim O’Rourke (Peel Session) Jim O’Rourke doing a straight-on John Fahey pastiche? Sure, why not.
  6. We Would Be BuildingDaniel Bachman (Orange Co. Serenade) Primitive guitar cover of a Methodist hymn? Sure, why not.
  7. On The Banks Of The OwichitaJohn Fahey (The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites) A primitive guitar evocation of the slow river? Sure, why not.
  8. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be FreeNina Simone (Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone) A landmark Nina Simone tune? Sure, why not.
  9. Peace And LoveGary Bartz And NTU Troop (I’ve Known Rivers And Other Bodies). “We got a hand for the Bronx”? Sure, why not.
  10. The Raven SpeaksGary Burton & Keith Jarrett (Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett) A funk number with Keith Jarrett on the Fender and Burton on vibes? Sure, why not.
  11. Brown-Baggin’24-Carat Black (Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth) Straight ahead funk from a very strange concept album? Sure, why not.
  12. DisrobeMedeski, Martin & Wood (The End of Violence) A groove I’ve been sitting on for a very long time? Sure, why not.
  13. Doing It to Death, Pt. 1 (Single)The J.B.’s & Fred Wesley (Pass the Peas: The Best of the J.B.’s). “In order to get down, I got to get in D”? Sure, why not.
  14. You Can’t Blame MeJohnson, Hawkins, Tatum, & Durr (Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label) The world’s weirdest soul hook? Sure, why not.
  15. Everybody Loves the SunshineRoy Ayers Ubiquity (The Best of Roy Ayers (The Best of Roy Ayers: Love Fantasy)) A blissed out fusion number? Sure, why not.
  16. Blue LinesMassive Attack (Blue Lines) A genre-creating Tricky rap? Sure, why not.
  17. The Sad PunkPixies (Trompe Le Monde) Changing gears abruptly? Sure, why not.
  18. Marrow (Live)David Byrne & St. Vincent (Brass Tactics EP) St. Vincent backed by a freaking great horn section? Sure, why not.
  19. What We Loved Was Not EnoughThee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (F*ck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything) Heartrending Canadians? Sure, why not.
  20. RokedShye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express (Junun) Israeli composer, Indian musicians, Radiohead guitarist? Sure, why not.
  21. %%%%%%%%%% $$$$$$$$$ >>>>>>>> >> >> >> @@@@@@@The User (Symphony #2 For Dot Matrix Printers) Dot matrix printer music? Sure, why not.
  22. Do the DogThe Specials (The Specials) Do the dog, not the donkey? Sure, why not.
  23. You SatelliteWilco (Star Wars) Wilco does late period Sonic Youth? Sure, why not.
  24. Nothing Clings Like IvyElvis Costello & The Imposters (The Delivery Man) Plaintive country rock from a London kid? Sure, why not.
  25. Just One ThingMy Morning Jacket (It Still Moves) Unabashed Southern rock? Sure, why not.
  26. Are You Okay?Dum Dum Girls (Too True) Can’t be flip about this track. The bridge kills me: “I’m reckless at night/I’m sorry for days.”
  27. Shake It OffRyan Adams (1989) A dark rewrite of an infectious Taylor Swift original? Sure, why not.
  28. One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)Wilco (The Whole Love) Eleven minutes of a murder mystery wrapped up in an NPR-friendly arrangement? Sure, why not.
  29. Moonshine Blues [live 1962 10 at Gaslight Café, New York City]Bob Dylan (The Gaslight Tapes [live 1962 10 at Gaslight Café, New York City]) A stark folk original and probably the most harrowing version ever recorded? Sure, why not.
  30. BladesteelDaniel Lanois (Here Is What Is) Four minutes of slide guitar with New Orleans drums by Lanois? Sure why not.
  31. AmyRyan Adams (Heartbreaker) A track that opens with Adams’ most annoying verse melody, but transitions into his most heartbreaking chorus melody? Sure why not.
  32. Stanwell PerpetualDavid Grubbs (The Spectrum Between) Three minutes of unresolved tension building with the horn section from Camoufleur? Sure, why not.
  33. The Things I SayJoanna Newsom (Divers) A straight folk track that resolves to an ascending backtracked vocal cliffhanger conclusion? Sure, why not.
  34. UntitledR.E.M. (Green) Michael Stipe’s paean to his parents? Sure, why not.
  35. Sun Is ShiningThe Fireman (Electric Arguments) Electronica by Paul McCartney and Youth? Sure, why not.

New mix: In ragtown like I always was

It’s another new year, another mix. As always, this is no more or less than what happened to be kicking around my iTunes for a long period of time, so I make no claim for it hanging together. Except I’m kinda happy about the string of tracks from #2 through #13 and parts of the last stretch.

Some track specific notes:

“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”: Yes, yes he does. You can’t have this track, with James Brown yelling out “This is a hit!”, in a playlist and not have it leading off.

“Rotating Head (raga version)”: A tabla-heavy remix of a song most familiar from the “Ferris Bueller” soundtrack, this picks up the groove from Track #1 and takes it into…

“Seen and Not Seen”: Groove city. Check the way the handclaps, bass, and guitar work together. Much like the way the next groove builds…

“Autumn Sweater”: Here the groove is all drums and bass, especially bass. Love what James McNew does with the bassline during the break here.

“Electricity”: A break from the groove for a guitar based rocker. I had forgotten this album until Shuffle brought it back to me. A great track.

“Masanga”: An obscurity, this popped up on a compilation of sub-Saharan guitar that I found on Bandcamp over a year ago. I love the purely guitar driven groove. Seriously propulsive and fun.

“I Love This Life”: Also propulsive and fun, but almost all synths, I slept on this track from The Blue Nile for a long time. I’m not sure what “ragtown” meant to Paul Buchanan, but when I listen to this track I feel like I understand.

“The Statue Got Me High”: A non-sequitur but a fun one, and a great singalong.

“Mod Lang”: Gee, there’s a “groove” theme going on on this mix, which is unusual for me. I love how Chilton takes a handful of lyrics that are almost nonsense and weaves them into urgency.

“Courage”: A PG rarity that was released alongside the 25th anniversary reissue of So a few years back. Too lyrically heavy and overtly structured a song to fit comfortably on that album, I don’t know if it works well here either but I couldn’t cut it.

“Rain”: Groove, man. Complete with the backward bit at the end.

“JC”: Shift of tone to a minor key with a fair amount of distortion.

“After the Flood”: This track is the still heart of this mix. I stumbled across Talk Talk by accident, more or less, thought they had been on my list of bands to find for a long time thanks to the late lamented Lists of Bests. This is an incredible track, building from almost inaudibility up through some killer organ work into a long burn of a distortion guitar solo. I have listened to this one for days at a time.

“Try Not to Breathe”: Taking a breath, this is a song I didn’t think so much of until I was recovering from surgery a year ago. Then it made a lot of sense.

“No Love Lost”: The rare Joy Division song I like more as an instrumental, but there’s still something compelling in Ian Curtis’s delivery here.

“Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake”: Boy, Nika can really do apocalyptic, can’t she? Even if we don’t totally understand what she’s singing about.

“Svatba”: The transition from Nika’s wordless outro to “Lick the Palm” into the Bulgarian voices here was a happy shuffle accident.

“Accordion”: Another happy accident, another supremely bizarre rap from MF Doom.

“Super Mario”: Well, as long as we’re doing bizarre, I figure an a cappella version of an 8 bit videogame theme qualifies.

“Gallows Pole”: If there’s a theme wending through the back half of this, it might be covers vs. authenticity. The ballad, which started out as “The Maid Freed from the Gallows” in the Child ballads before being recorded as “The Gallis Pole” by Lead Belly, is colored by Plant’s rock god delivery until it’s hard to tell at the end who is swinging from the gallows pole, and whether the pole is literal or metaphoric. A neat trick.

“Tall Trees in Georgia”: Again, covers and authenticity. When Eva Cassidy was alive, she was lauded as a vocalist but not so much as an authentic jazz talent (I remember one review saying “She even covers Buffy Ste Marie!”). It’s a moving performance nonetheless.

“They Won’t Let Me Run”: A beautiful groove for an ugly story. 

“Holocene”: Was totally obsessed with this song for about 18 months.

“Let It Down”: Tension release necessary after the last few tracks.

“Rill Rill”: Speaking of authenticity, how about copping “Can You Get to That?” for this song about teenage girl angst? Well, yeah, and it works, so the hell with authenticity.

“(Won’t We Have a Time) When We Get Over Yonder”: Another Bandcamp find, this one is a different kind of groove entirely, almost an incantation until one of the Jordan River Singers slips over completely into a Spirit induced holler. And that leads to…

“The Times They Are A Changin’”: I was disappointed with the rest of this album only because it doesn’t live up to its title the way this lead off track does. “Times” is truly one of Dylan’s most gospel-like songs to begin with, and this version pulls out all the revival stops. A fantastic cover.

  1. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, Parts 1, 2 & 3James Brown (Star Time)
  2. Rotating Head (raga version)English Beat (Lives of the Saints 5)
  3. Seen And Not SeenTalking Heads (Remain In Light)
  4. Autumn SweaterYo La Tengo (I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One)
  5. ElectricitySpiritualized (Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space)
  6. Masanga (Congo)Jean Bosco Mwenda (Hata Unacheza: Sub-Saharan Acoustic Guitar & String Music, ca. 1960s)
  7. I Love This LifeThe Blue Nile (I Would Never – EP)
  8. The Statue Got Me HighThey Might Be Giants (Apollo 18)
  9. Mod LangBig Star (#1 Record – Radio City)
  10. Courage (Radio Edit)Peter Gabriel (Courage)
  11. RainThe Beatles (Past Masters, Vols. 1 & 2)
  12. JCSonic Youth (Dirty)
  13. After The FloodTalk Talk (Laughing Stock)
  14. Try Not To BreatheR.E.M. (Automatic for the People)
  15. No Love LostJoy Division (Substance 1977-1980)
  16. Lick the Palm of the Burning HandshakeZola Jesus (Conatus)
  17. SvatbaBulgarian State Television Female Choir (Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares)
  18. AccordionMadvillain (Madvillainy)
  19. Super MarioBYU Vocal Point (Best of BOCA: The First 20 Years)
  20. Gallows PoleLed Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin III (Remastered))
  21. Tall Trees In GeorgiaEva Cassidy (Live At Blues Alley)
  22. They Won’t Let Me RunJohn Vanderslice (Cellar Door)
  23. HoloceneBon Iver (Bon Iver)
  24. Let It Down (Bonus Track)George Harrison (All Things Must Pass (Bonus Track Version) [Remastered])
  25. Rill RillSleigh Bells (Treats)
  26. (Won’t We Have a Time) When We Get Over YonderRev. W.M. Anderson & the Jordan River Singers (When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-51)
  27. The Times They Are A Changin’The Brothers and Sisters (Dylan’s Gospel)

New mix: something other than regret

Starting to have the energy again to think about posting here, which is nice. I’ve been down the grindstone for a very very long time, and now, faced with some unexpected downtime, I’m going to use the opportunity to catch up on a  few things.

Starting with this. I completed something other than regret, my 33rd mix in the modern era, on the 10th of November, and it’s all over the map, but with some pretty strong thematic material running through as well. I especially love the way that Laura Marling excavates on the three tracks from Once I Was an Eagle, which is my favorite album of 2013; the woozy, witchy, R&B-driven silliness of “Nommo (The Magick Song)” (“All praises due to the Black man,” indeed); the light touch of Antony’s “Crackagen”, and the way that John Fahey’s riff on Clarence Ashley’s “The Coo Coo Bird” fits so seamlessly with gospel. I’ve definitely got something other than regret.

  1. Song-SongBrad Mehldau Trio (The Art Of The Trio Volume 3)
  2. Nommo- The Magick SongGary Bartz And NTU Troop (I’ve Known Rivers And Other Bodies)
  3. Is That EnoughYo La Tengo (Fade)
  4. Blue LightMazzy Star (So Tonight That I Might See)
  5. Life & SoulThe Sundays (Blind)
  6. Take The Night OffLaura Marling (Once I Was An Eagle)
  7. I Was An EagleLaura Marling (Once I Was An Eagle)
  8. CrackagenAntony and the Johnsons (Another World)
  9. Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking NowLavender Diamond (Incorruptible Heart)
  10. Variations On The CoocooJohn Fahey (The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites)
  11. Where Shall I Go?Sister Marie Knight (When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-51)
  12. Don’t Give UpPeter Gabriel (So (Remastered 2012))
  13. IncinerateSonic Youth (Rather Ripped)
  14. Tiny Cities Made Of AshesSun Kil Moon (Tiny Cities)
  15. We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes In The MorningGram Parsons (G.P. / Grievous Angel)
  16. BreatheLaura Marling (Once I Was An Eagle)
  17. Turn Your ColorThe Men (Campfire Songs)
  18. I’ll Fly AwaySouthern Sons (When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-51)

New mix: will you buy me a shaky heart

As I grow … well, older isn’t right, and neither is more mature, so let’s just go with “as I grow,” I find that what I listen to is less about lyrics and singing along and more about just listening. So, of the 19 tracks on this mix, six have no words at all, and a few more are mostly nonsense.

No real notes here, except to note that Jonny Greenwood’s Bodysong, from 2003, is an unlikely sleeper album. There are bits that remind me of Ravel, and Berg, and glitchy techno, and sometimes they come in the same song.

Also: why did it take me so long to listen to Bruce Cockburn? He would have been right up my alley in 1988 or 1989.

Also also: I’m in the crowd for that 2004 Sonic Youth performance at the Showbox. This one.

  1. Burning Of AuchidoonMaddy Prior (Silly Sisters)
  2. Tree (Today is an Important Occasion)David Byrne (The Knee Plays)
  3. Ready to StartArcade Fire (Ready to Start – Single)
  4. Lovers In a Dangerous TimeBruce Cockburn (Stealing Fire (Deluxe Edition))
  5. Wiggle-WaggleHerbie Hancock (Warner Archives)
  6. Everything In Its Right PlaceRadiohead (Kid A)
  7. 24 Hour CharlestonJonny Greenwood (Bodysong (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture))
  8. ConcordeModern Jazz Quartet (Concorde)
  9. Track 4Sigur Rós (( ))
  10. ChemtrailsBeck (Modern Guilt)
  11. SorrowThe National (High Violet)
  12. I Should Watch TV (M. Stine remix)David Byrne & St. Vincent (Brass Tactics EP)
  13. Pattern RecognitionSonic Youth (Live at the Showbox in Seattle (2004))
  14. Milky WayWeather Report (Weather Report)
  15. Alone And ForsakenNeko Case (Live from Austin, Texas)
  16. Hi-Speed SoulNada Surf (Let Go)
  17. After AllChristian Scott (Yesterday You Said Tomorrow)
  18. Bode Radio/Glass Light/Broken HeartsJonny Greenwood (Bodysong (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture))
  19. I Wanna Dance With SomebodyDavid Byrne (David Byrne: Live from Austin, TX)

The Colonoscopy Playlist

I can tell that I’ve reached that certain special age based on what my interactions are with the medical profession. And this week I had one of those really “special” ones: a visit from the camera snake.

As I was getting ready for the procedure, I realized that there were a lot of songs that were inadvertently funny in the context of a colonoscopy, and that there didn’t seem to be a lot of people putting them together in playlists. So I figured I’d do it so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome.) I posted a request for help on Facebook and got a lot of suggestions from my friends, so this was a real labor of love…from the bottom to the top.

  1. Baby Got GoingLiz Phair
  2. I Like to Move ItReel 2 Reel
  3. RelaxFrankie Goes to Hollywood
  4. ShoutTears for Fears
  5. Take It EasyThe Eagles
  6. When the Levee BreaksMemphis Minnie
  7. Medley: Highway to Hell -> Shook Me All Night LongAC/DC
  8. Highway to HellAC/DC
  9. It Looks Like I’m Up Sh*t Creek AgainTom Waits
  10. Medley: “All Stripped Down” / “The Earth Died Screaming” / “The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me” / “New Coat of Paint” / “Chocolate Jesus” / “Take It With Me” ” / “Tango Till They’re Sore” / “Don’t Go Into That Barn” / “The One That Got Away” / “How’s It Gonna End” / “Make It Rain” Tom Waits
  11. All Things Must PassGeorge Harrison
  12. Chocolate RainTay Zonday
  13. Everything Must GoManic Street Preachers
  14. The Waiting is the Hardest PartTom Petty
  15. Pants on the GroundLarry Pratt
  16. From the Bottom to the TopFrank Sinatra
  17. Way Down in the HoleTom Waits
  18. I’m Looking Through YouThe Beatles
  19. Wide Open SpacesDixie Chicks
  20. I Can See Clearly NowJohnny Nash
  21. Back Door ManHowlin’ Wolf
  22. In Too DeepGenesis
  23. Da ButtEU
  24. Mega ColonFischerspooner
  25. I’m Beginning to See the LightBobby Darin
  26. Shine a LightRolling Stones
  27. The EndThe Doors
  28. Black Hole SunSoundgarden
  29. Ring of FireJohnny Cash
  30. Moon RiverHenry Mancini
  31. Boogie in the ButtEddie Murphy
  32. Baby Got BackSir Mix-A-Lot
  33. Show Me the WayPeter Frampton
  34. StinkfistTool
  35. John MayerInside Wants Out
  36. Up in the DarkThe New Pornographers
  37. Searching With My Good Eye ClosedSoundgarden
  38. Shot in the DarkOzzy Obourne
  39. Way Down NowWorld Party
  40. Already in a DaydreamFreddy Jones Band
  41. Bad Moon RisingCreedence Clearwater Revival
  42. ScatmanScatman John
  43. Into the Great Wide Open Tom Petty
  44. Tighten Up Archie Bell and the Drells
  45. Supermassive Black Hole Muse
  46. Broken Hearts Are For AssholesFrank Zappa
  47. Black TongueGene Simmons
  48. Medley: ‘Fire in the Hole’->’Do It Again’ Steely Dan
  49. Shake Your BootyKC and the Sunshine Band
  50. Dig for Fire Pixies
  51. Medley: ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ -> ‘Moanin” -> ‘Walkin” -> ‘I’ll Never Be The Same’Frank Sinatra / Art Blakey / Miles Davis / Art Tatum
  52. Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)Citizen King
  53. Rolling in the DeepAdele
  54. My Face Your AssLambchop
  55. Pretty on the InsideHole
  56. The EndThe Beatles

New mix: my love invented all of you

This has been building for a bit. I had more work to do on it, then I thought it was done. Then I heard the last two songs side by side and realized they were the perfect coda. So it’s a little longer than CD length. Oh well…

  1. The Empty PageSonic Youth (Murray Street)
  2. Rock And RollLed Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin Remasters)
  3. Don’t CareKlark Kent (Klark Kent)
  4. What Difference Does It Make?The Smiths (Hatful Of Hollow)
  5. Manta RayPixies (Complete ‘B’ Sides [UK])
  6. Carry Me OhioSun Kil Moon (Ghosts Of The Great Highway)
  7. Vengeance Is SleepingNeko Case (Middle Cyclone (Bonus Track Version))
  8. Back Of A CarBig Star (#1 Record – Radio City)
  9. Just Like HeavenThe Cure (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
  10. Space (I Believe In)Pixies (Trompe Le Monde)
  11. Lick the Palm of the Burning HandshakeZola Jesus (Conatus)
  12. Gravity’s AngelLaurie Anderson (Mister Heartbreak)
  13. Water BabiesMiles Davis (The Columbia Years 1955-1985)
  14. Working For The ManPJ Harvey (To Bring You My Love)
  15. Lil Wallet PictureRichard Buckner (Richard Buckner)
  16. In the Devil’s TerritorySufjan Stevens (Seven Swans)
  17. I Don’t RecallLavender Diamond (Incorruptible Heart)
  18. Dawned On MeWilco (The Whole Love)
  19. Morpha TooBig Star (#1 Record – Radio City)
  20. Kiss Me On The BusThe Replacements (Tim [Expanded Edition])
  21. DauðalognSigur Rós (Valtari)
  22. End of the LineSleigh Bells (Reign of Terror)

New mix: An attic space overgrown

I wasn’t expecting to do another mix so soon after the last one (the business), but this one was kicking around for a while. As always, I was throwing songs I liked to listen to into a temporary playlist called “next,” but couldn’t figure out how to link them all together. Then one day I heard a recording of Kenyan girls singing (like so much these days, it surfaced out of my library on shuffle), and I said “Hmm.” I threw a handful of short world music songs into the mix (from an album of Tuvan throat singing, an Internet-curated collection of African music, and a historic field recording of the Bera pygmies from the 1950s), shuffled them about until I got the right order, and before long I had something that seemed set to shuffle into the ear in the same way that the songs had wormed their way into my mind. An attic space overgrown (also on Art of the Mix) was the result.

The mix:

  1. Chemirocha [Kipsigis] w/Chemutoi Ketienya & GirlsKenyan Songs and Strings (Kenyan Songs and Strings)
  2. StrangeR.E.M. (Document)
  3. RollingSoul Coughing (El Oso)
  4. VesselZola Jesus (Conatus)
  5. Bodhisattva VowBeastie Boys (Ill Communication)
  6. Right OnThe Roots (How I Got Over)
  7. Yraazhy Kys (The Singing Girl)Shu-De (Voices From The Distant Steppe)
  8. The EraserChristian Scott (Yesterday You Said Tomorrow)
  9. Harrowdown HillThom Yorke (The Eraser)
  10. Jean-Baptiste à la fenêtreSonic Youth (Simon Werner a Disparu)
  11. Tshetlha Di KaeSchool Girls In Kayne (Tswana and Sotho Voices)
  12. Half Way To CrazyThe Jesus & Mary Chain (Automatic)
  13. Infinity GuitarsSleigh Bells (Treats)
  14. StaircaseRadiohead (The Daily Mail & Staircase)
  15. One Big HolidayMy Morning Jacket (It Still Moves)
  16. Skipping SongBera Pygmies (Music Of The Rainforest Pygmies)
  17. AntennaSonic Youth (The Eternal)
  18. HikikomoriZola Jesus (Conatus)
  19. Silver RiderRobert Plant (Band of Joy)
  20. You See EverythingLow (C’mon)
  21. MoorestownSun Kil Moon (April)

Track notes:

  • I finally heard the original version of “Strange” (on Wire’s Pink Flag) last year, and while I love it, it made me appreciate the R.E.M. version I heard in high school–bravura, loud, beery, and outré.
  • It’s a pity that Mike Doughty has disavowed the Soul Coughing discography, because tunes like “Rolling” were made for delicious cognitive dissonance–the luxury and assonance of the words and the thick beats…
  • Zola Jesus was a discovery for me about this time last year. “Vessel” is the strangest arrangement of the album, with Nika Roza Danilova’s voice hocketing into the echoing void at the opening over a sort of middle-period Dead Can Dance accompaniment. And that’s just the opening.
  • I miss Adam Yauch.
  • “Right On”: Who knew that Joanna Newsom made such a good chorus for hip-hop?
  • Christian Scott’s “The Eraser,” its strikingly original jazz arrangement of Thom Yorke’s original, has been in heavy repeat since I heard the album last year. The whole album is worth checking out.
  • “Harrowdown Hill” gives you an opportunity to hear Yorke’s original glitchy percussion against the jazz acoustic original. Not as starkly tense as some of Radiohead’s earlier (or later) works, it feels a little more personal but still despairing.
  • Sonic Youth’s final(?) recording, a soundtrack, carries enormous tension throughout it even if you don’t understand the cinematic context of the songs, which, um, I don’t. Still absorbing.
  • I dug out “Automatic” the other day–still a great album all these years later.
  • I found Sleigh Bells thanks to Molly Young‘s plug for the band (she plays the gum-chewing cheerleader in the video for this song). I like the second album better as an album but “Infinity Guitars” is still an astonishing kick to the head.
  • Someday Radiohead will make a full album that “Staircase” fits into and I’ll be a happy man.
  • My Morning Jacket’s It Still Moves was the last of the early albums and the one I love best, I think. This one reminds me of growing up in the South.
  • Robert Plant’s cover of “Silver Rider,” from the underappreciated Low album The Great Destroyer, is both hypnotic and wholly respectful of the original.
  • Low’s most recent album is the one I’ve liked best since The Great Destroyer. “You See Everything” is a great spotlight for Mimi Sparhawk’s voice.
  • Finally we get to “Moorestown.” After the psychedelic wonderland of Ghosts of the Great Highway, it took a long time for Sun Kil Moon’s acoustic albums to grow on me. But this one had been waiting to find me, and today I realized it was the closer.

Finally, a note on mixes: Seems to me that I put them together to digest the music I’m listening to and to claim it before it claims me.

New mix: the business

Did you ever notice how many songs there are about the music business itself? I think the popular music industry is possibly even more self-referential than the newspaper industry (though not nearly as self-referential as the Internet…). I started hearing the connection a few years ago and began collecting examples in a playlist, and I finally have enough to share with you in this mix (see also Art of the Mix).

Of special note is the hip-hop section (coming just after Joe Pernice’s wry anti-anthem decrying touring, “We Love the Stage”), featuring “Check the Rhime,” origin of “Music industry rule #4080/record company people are shady,” followed by Steinski’s record industry slag off mix of “Hit the Disco,” wrapping up with J-Live’s epochal “Them That’s Not,” which features the most astonishing bit of tempo bending that I’m aware of.

Enjoy…

  1. Radio SongR.E.M. (Out Of Time)
  2. Legend of Paul ReverePaul Revere & The Raiders (Paul Revere & The Raiders: Greatest Hits)
  3. Suits Are Picking Up The BillSquirrel Nut Zippers (Perennial Favorites)
  4. A SermonThe Police (Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings)
  5. Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A DealThey Might Be Giants (Miscellaneous T: B Side / Remix Compilation)
  6. Radio, RadioElvis Costello (The Very Best of Elvis Costello And The Attractions)
  7. Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?The Ramones (Mania)
  8. I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song on the RadioMonty Python (Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album)
  9. Hello RadioThey Might Be Giants (Miscellaneous T: B Side / Remix Compilation)
  10. Spirit of RadioRush (Permanent Waves)
  11. Formed A BandArt Brut (Bang Bang Rock & Roll)
  12. Rock NotesMonty Python (Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album)
  13. So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll StarThe Byrds (The Byrds: Greatest Hits (Remastered))
  14. Playing Your SongHole (Celebrity Skin)
  15. Left Of The DialThe Replacements (Tim [Expanded Edition])
  16. We Love the StagePernice Brothers (Goodbye, Killer)
  17. Check The RhimeA Tribe Called Quest (The Low End Theory)
  18. Hit The Disco (Mc Enuff Mix)Steinski (What Does It All Mean?: 1983-2006 Retrospective)
  19. Them That’s NotJ-Live (The Best Part)
  20. Pay to PlayNirvana (DGC Rarities, Vol. 1)
  21. The Late GreatsWilco (A Ghost Is Born)

New mix: My heart’s beating is all the proof you need.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a new mix. This one, My heart’s beating is all the proof you need (Art of the Mix), has been interesting–a little more upbeat than some of my past efforts, a few songs that have been kicking around my library for many years. I think the subtheme of this mix is in the second song: “It’s getting better all the time (can’t get no worse!).”

So there’s some party time stuff, both benign and wild; some funny tracks (I dare you to listen to “Bloody” with a straight face);  and some contemplative stuff. There’s not a lot of deep digging (outside of the Tom Waits/John Lurie track and maybe “Amen Brother,” which features what must be the most sampled drum break in the prehistory of hiphop), just some really fun listening. Just right for early spring.

  1. River of Men – Tom Waits/John Lurie (Fishing With John – Original Music From The Series By John L)
  2. Getting BetterThe Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  3. Just Like HeavenThe Cure (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
  4. Mondo ’77Looper (The Geometrid)
  5. Amen’ BrotherThe Winstons (Color Him Father (Original Masters))
  6. In The StreetBig Star (#1 Record – Radio City)
  7. Happy KidNada Surf (Let Go)
  8. Don’t You Just Know ItHuey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns (Don’t You Just Know It [EP])
  9. Pictures Of YouThe Cure (Disintegration)
  10. Near Wild HeavenR.E.M. (Out Of Time)
  11. Friends Stoning FriendsMclusky (Alan Is A Cowboy Killer)
  12. The Ox (Original Mono Version)The Who (The Who Sings My Generation)
  13. Head OnPixies (Trompe Le Monde)
  14. No Hiding PlaceElvis Costello (Momofuku)
  15. BloodyGolinski Brothers (The John Peel Singles Box)
  16. Do You Wanna Hit It?The Donnas (The Donnas Turn 21)
  17. Yard Of Blonde GirlsJeff Buckley (Sketches for My Sweetheart The Drunk)
  18. CodexRadiohead (The King of Limbs)
  19. Steam EngineMy Morning Jacket (It Still Moves)
  20. Calling My Children HomeEmmylou Harris (Spyboy)
  21. Things behind the SunNick Drake (Pink Moon)

New mix: Hurricane Irene

Well, here we are again, in the middle of a storm. So far, knock wood, it’s been a lot of rain and very little wind, but this will be the day that Massachusetts really gets it. So I threw together some music to weather the hurricane by.

  1. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna FallBob Dylan (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
  2. Rain In the SummertimeThe Alarm (Eye of the Hurricane (Remastered))
  3. Goodnight IreneTom Waits (Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards)
  4. Florida HurricaneSt. Louis Jimmy (Chess Blues 1947-1952)
  5. Goodnight IreneJohnny Cash (Sun Recordings)
  6. I Can’t Stand The RainAnn Peebles (The John Peel Singles Box)
  7. The Rain SongLed Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin Remasters)
  8. RainThe Beatles (Past Masters, Vol. 2)
  9. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?Creedence Clearwater Revival (Pendulum)
  10. Devil Sent The RainCharlie Patton (Founder of the Delta Blues)
  11. In The RainThe Dramatics (The Stax Story: Finger-Snappin’ Good [Disc 3])
  12. When It Rains, It Really PoursElvis Presley (The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Complete 50s Masters)
  13. Rain (Falling From The Skies)Frank Sinatra (The Complete Capitol Singles Collection)
  14. Comes a HurricaneShannon Worrell (The Honey Guide)
  15. IreneLead Belly (Where Did You Sleep Last Night?)
  16. Ballet For A Rainy Day (2001 Digital Remaster)XTC (Skylarking)
  17. Blowin’ In The WindBob Dylan (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
  18. Wild Is The WindCat Power (The Covers Record)
  19. The WindPJ Harvey (Is This Desire?)
  20. Sauget WindUncle Tupelo (Still Feel Gone)
  21. Rain Please Go AwayAlison Krauss (Lonely Runs Both Ways)
  22. Dry the RainThe Beta Band (The Three EP’s)
  23. It Can’t Rain All the TimeJane Siberry (City (collaborations))
  24. Goodnight IreneRobert Cage (Can See What You’re Doing)

New mix: a piece of hope holding us together

End of summer is happy mix time. Now that I’m putting out only two mixes a year, it seems like one is downbeat and the other is happy. Lots of fun tunes in here, including a rare Shannon Worrell track that I had to pull off a 17 year old cassette tape.

  1. Moonlight In GloryMoving Star Hall Singers (Sea Island Folk Festival)
  2. SunflowerLow (Things We Lost In The Fire)
  3. Postcards from ItalyBeirut (Gulag Orkestar)
  4. The Ballad of Ronald Jeremy HyattJustin Rosolino (The Leaves Are Right to Tremble – EP)
  5. Boy With a CoinIron & Wine (The Shepherd’s Dog)
  6. LighthouseShannon Worrell (Shannon Worrell (EP))
  7. LowdownMy Morning Jacket (At Dawn)
  8. You Can Have It AllYo La Tengo (And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out)
  9. HexNeko Case (The Tigers Have Spoken)
  10. HomeEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Up From Below (Deluxe Edition))
  11. Love And AngerKate Bush (The Sensual World )
  12. In LiverpoolSuzanne Vega (99.9 F°)
  13. Neither Heaven nor SpaceNada Surf (Let Go)
  14. My Back PagesBob Dylan (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
  15. Begat BegatJane Siberry (Maria)
  16. Inside of LoveNada Surf (Let Go)
  17. Give Up the GhostRadiohead (The King of Limbs)
  18. Polegnala e TodoraBulgarian State Television Female Choir (Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares)

New mix: every day is getting straighter

This mix has been percolating a while. I didn’t know how to move beyond Jeff Buckley’s absolutely epic reading of his lament for his dead father, but it turns out that anger works remarkably well when played against grief and loss. And that’s how the rest of the mix went.

I make no apologies for the elegiac (some would say self indulgent) triple punch of the Death Cab, Cure, and Jane’s songs stacking up all together. Somewhere there is a sixteen year old who’s just broken up with his girlfriend who only wishes he could put that much misery together in one place on the mix that he’s going to send her.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s a cappella version of “To the Pines, to the Pines” is both more matter of fact and more chilling than the version by Leadbelly (and the bloodcurdling Nirvana cover it inspired).

  1. Dream BrotherJeff Buckley (Mystery White Boy (Live))
  2. Careening with ConvictionMission Of Burma (The Obliterati)
  3. Written In ReverseSpoon (Transference)
  4. Company in My BackWilco (A Ghost Is Born)
  5. What Is Your Secret?Nada Surf (The Weight is a Gift)
  6. RevelatorGillian Welch (Time (The Revelator))
  7. The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty)The Smiths (The Queen Is Dead)
  8. Pump It UpElvis Costello (The Very Best of Elvis Costello And The Attractions)
  9. Radio CureWilco (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
  10. ProgressMission of Burma (Vs. )
  11. TransatlanticismDeath Cab for Cutie (Transatlanticism)
  12. DisintegrationThe Cure (Disintegration)
  13. Then She Did…Jane’s Addiction (Ritual De Lo Habitual)
  14. To The Pines, To The PinesBascom Lamar Lunsford (Ballads, Banjo Tunes, And Sacred Songs Of Western North Carolina)
  15. Einstein’s DayMission of Burma (Vs. )

New mixes: your scary 80s 7 and 8

We call this “unclogging the pipes.” I have probably 20 mixes in various partial states of repair, and it’s high time I start publishing them so that I can make room for the real stuff.

So here are two—maybe, dare I hope, my last two—80s mixes. As always, the first one is the stuff I’m ashamed (and secretly happy) to remember, while the second one is stuff I would have been proud to listen to had I known about it while I was growing up.

Your Scary 80s 7

  1. Be near MeABC (How to Be a Zillionaire)
  2. Always Something There to Remind MeNaked Eyes (The Best of Naked Eyes)
  3. She Blinded Me With ScienceThomas Dolby (The Golden Age of Wireless)
  4. Your LoveThe Outfield (Play Deep)
  5. Spies Like UsPaul McCartney (Press to Play)
  6. Your Wildest DreamsThe Moody Blues (Anthology: the Moody Blues)
  7. Rain In the SummertimeThe Alarm (Eye of the Hurricane (Remastered))
  8. AfricaToto (Toto IV)
  9. No One Is To BlameHoward Jones (Dream Into Action)
  10. The Captain of Her HeartDouble (The Captain of Her Heart)
  11. Life In a Northern TownThe Dream Academy (Rhino Hi-Five: The Dream Academy – EP)
  12. Tonight, Tonight, TonightGenesis (Genesis: The Hits – Turn It On Again)
  13. Sanctify YourselfSimple Minds (Once Upon a Time)
  14. Higher Love (Full)Steve Winwood (Back in the High Life)
  15. I Wanna Be a CowboyBoys Don’t Cry (Boys Don’t Cry)
  16. Pump Up the Volume (USA 12)Colourbox (Best of Colourbox: 1982-1987)
  17. The ReflexDuran Duran (Duran Duran: Greatest)

Your Scary 80s 8

  1. Gardening At NightR.E.M. (Dead Letter Office)
  2. Alive and KickingSimple Minds (Once Upon a Time)
  3. You Be Illin’Run-DMC (Raising Hell)
  4. Do You Really Want 2 Hurt MeCulture Club (Culture Club (Box Set))
  5. West End GirlsPet Shop Boys (Please)
  6. Moments in LoveArt of Noise ((Who’s Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise?)
  7. Let the Day BeginMichael Been AKA The Call (The Best of the Call)
  8. The Perfect KissNew Order (Low-Life)
  9. Fire WomanThe Cult (Sonic Temple)
  10. One Thing Leads to AnotherThe Fixx (20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Fixx (Remastered))
  11. Banned in D.C.Bad Brains (Bad Brains)
  12. Rise AboveBlack Flag (Damaged)
  13. Small Man, Big MouthMinor Threat (First Two 7″s)
  14. Kinky Sex Makes the World Go ‘RoundDead Kennedys (Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death)
  15. I Want You BackHoodoo Gurus (Stoneage Romeo)
  16. RedMission Of Burma (Signals, Calls, And Marches)
  17. You Are My FriendThe Rain Parade (Emergency Third Rail Power Trip: Explosions In The Glass Palace)
  18. JetfighterThree O’Clock (Sixteen Tambourines/Baroque Hoedown)
  19. I Love Rock N’ RollJoan Jett and the Blackhearts (I Love Rock N’ Roll)
  20. Beat BoxArt of Noise (Into Battle with the Art of Noise)